Donald Trump hit Rosie O’Donnell Monday night at the first presidential debate of the general election -- all the while defending himself against Hillary Clinton’s claims that he’s made several sexist comments in the past.
“Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her and I think everyone would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her,” Trump said at the Hofstra University debate.
The comments at Monday night’s forum were a response to Clinton’s charge that “this is a man who has called women pigs, slobs and dogs.”
Clinton also pointed out that Trump called a former Miss Universe “Miss Housekeeping...because she was Latina.”
And when Clinton said Trump had claimed pregnancy is an inconvenience to employers -- which he said in a 2004 interview with NBC News -- Trump charged: “I never said that.”
Trump followed up Clinton’s comments by jabbing back: “I was going to say something extremely rough to Hillary, to her family, and I said to myself, I can’t do it. I just can’t do it. It’s inappropriate, it’s not nice... “
During the debate, Trump also attempted to defend his comments about Clinton not having a “presidential look.”
“She doesn’t have the looks -- she doesn’t have the stamina,” Trump said. “I said she doesn’t have the stamina and I don’t believe she does have the stamina to be presidential.”